Saturday, June 10, 2017
For a region known as the Valley of the Sun, the annual Summer Solstice has been and continues to be a time that local residents stop and recognize this significant astronomical event. The 2017 Summer Solstice occurs at in the Northern Hemisphere at 9:24 PM MST on June 20th. Below is a listing of places that ancient Arizonans and modern day Valley of the Sun residents have and continue to gather to acknowledge and celebrate the first day of summer.
1. Burton Barr Library, Phoenix - annual celebration occur here in the 5th floor Great Reading Room - check out this utube video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CCMFLroz0A
2. Tree of Life, Papago Park, Phoenix - https://www.phoenix.gov/arts/public-art-program/explore-the-collection/papago-park-city-boundary-project and http://thephoenixenigma.com/the-tree-of-life/
3. Hole In The Rock, Papago Park, Phoenix - http://www.arizona-leisure.com/papago-park-hiking.html
4. Soleri Bridge, Scottsdale - http://thephoenixenigma.com/soleri-bridge/
Summer Solstice Celebrations around Arizona -
5. Petrified Forest National Park, Holbrook - https://www.nps.gov/pefo/planyourvisit/summer-solstice-celebration.htm
6. Sears Point, Tonopah - https://www.archaeologysouthwest.org/2013/06/27/summer-solstice-sites-in-southwestern-arizona/
7. V-Bar-V Historic Site, Verde Valley - http://azdailysun.com/news/local/ancient-solar-calendars-mark-the-summer-solstice/article_07e9e20d-ec86-5d75-a761-d8770d3f7434.html
8. Casa Grande National Monument, Coolidge - https://www.nps.gov/archeology/sites/antiquities/profileCasaGrande.htm
We hope you can find the time to check out one or more of these interesting locations and enjoy your own Summer Solstice Celebration! Happy 2017 Summer to all!